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the terror threats and breaking developments in the christmas attack in berlin. the investigation we should say. three new arrests, one of them the nephew of the attacker. officials say the two were in recent contact. we're learning this as the mother says her son is not a terrorist. >> translator: i want the truth about what happened to my son. i want the tunisian and german government to tell me what happened to my son. we want the truth about my son who died as a suspect. and the truth died with him. they think he was a terrorist? no. my son was not a terrorist. they should have arrested him and conducted an investigation. >> plus the u.s. is on alert as many prepare for christmas one day away and hanukkah beginning tonight. the fbi has issued a new warning about possible isis threats to
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churches and holiday events. >> meanwhile, the state department is posting a travel warning for citizens traveling to egypt and jordan. this comes amid ongoing threats posed by terror groups and recent attacks in those countries. let's guess to nina dos santos in milan. the developments about the three men arrested calling them terrorist elements, what else have you learn? >> the tunisian interior ministry is confirming this afternoon that these three individuals were aged between 18 and 27 years old and they were arrested in various towns south of the capital tunis. one of them appears to be the nephew of amri. to officials, he had confessed he was uncontain contact with he who was killed about a day and a
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half ago. he via the messaging app telegram, it's a system that's well known by jihadist to communicate in secret. apparently his uncle had also, according to tunisian interior military officials sent money to this particular nephew of his and asked him to join isis. that's the latest the tunisians are talking about a cell they've apprehended in tunisia. in this parking lot where the main suspect in the berlin truck attack lost his life the night before yesterday evening, 3:00 in the morning after a gunfight with police officers. the question is, was he alone, did he manage to make it through to italy alone. those are the kinds of lines of investigation that authorities are looking into. for now, they're saving they have evidence of him being on his own as he passed through two major italian train stations on his journey to the parking lot in the northeast of milan. >> so we know that you spoke with this italian
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counterterrorism official who said he had the hallmarks of being on the run alone. what were those hallmarks? >> reporter: yeah, one of the things that was very interesting is that it was confirmed to me that he was wearing various sets of clothes on top of each other, so three pairs of trousers i was told. and that often is consistent with people who need to get changed very quickly if they need to change their dress to evade security officials. remember, this is an individual who was wanted, there was an international arrest warrant with his image plastered all over train stations across europe. and also airports by the way. there was a $100,000 reward for any information that led to his capture. despite all of that he seems to have managed to make it by train out of germany through france and here to northern italy where he was apprehended by chance when two police officers decided to do a routine id check. he pulled out a pistol instead of the documents and began
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firing and he was shot in the subsequent shoot kwloout. why was he in his parking lot? we know there are buses that leave from here to southern italy. he spent a lot of time in southern italy. there are buses that leave to north africa near tunisia as well. that will be a line of investigation you can bet for territories. >> all right, nina thank you so much. let's bring in cnn contributor, micha micha micha michael wiesz good morning. let's start with what we learned from the tunisian interior ministry. not only the app that the nephew of amri says he was communicating with the berlin attacker but also there was money being sent potentially to the other members of the cell, the terrorist elements. money being one of the prime lures for people who, i guess, in tunisia to join isis. >> absolutely.
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you know, i've talked to a number of isis defectors from europe, one from france, actually, when he said that look we were joining up because they had the most organization, discipline and most importantly they pay well. they pay well in comparison to the free syria army or other rival groups in syria. they're running a gray market and black market economy. a recent defector from the organization is responsible or was responsible for all of their real estate investments in turkey. buying up apartment blocks. turks. you know, renting apartments not knowing their landlord is an internationally ascribed terror organization. there are mafia tactics by which they enrich themselves. tunisia has been the number one middle eastern feeder country for foreign fighters to isis. we tend to think is the boogie
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man is guys from from france and germany and belgium. foreign fighters are from other arab countries in the region. this attack never struck me as being an lone wolf and isis inspired. we know that anis amri was part of a network that was run by a guy named abu walaa. who was identified by a former isis operative was the number one in germany. t sleepers are lying in wait. the fact he got from berlin to milan suggests he had help. it's no surprise that members of his own family might be colluding with him. with the paris attackers, a brother committed suicide by detonating his vest. salah absalaam is sitting in a
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jail cell. >> let me ask you about this bulletin that has been put out by authorities in the states. warning of threats and attacks of churches, houses of worship or public holiday gatherings. this is new for the west, attacking churches. this is something that's been going on closer to that self-declared state for some time. is this a shift toward going toward churches and places of worship here in the west? or is this an expansion from what we've talked about for some time now, the targets of law enforcement and the targets of the military primarily in the west? >> for isis to kill an american soldier is a greater scalp, so to speak than killing an ordinary civilian. second to that would be killing a police officer or a member of the intelligence services. it's becoming increasingly difficult to do that for isis. you have to stage and plan these elaborate attacks.
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much easier to get into a truck, particularly one loaded with 25 tons of steel and turn it into a mobile battering-ram and mow down scores of civilians in a crowded marketplace. a church, you know, we've seen this in our own country, divorced from any notion of jihadi teterrorism. church is the softest of soft targets. if dylann roof can walk in and shoot, an isis member can do the same. in the west, we haven't typically associated isis targets with houses of worship. although, in the middle east, i can tell you, when they took raqqah, i remember interviewing a school teacher who told me that they had burnt down one of the most historic churches, this is nothing new. >> thanks for being with us this morning. we heard from our contributors, to still go to church and go to
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the celebrations. don't let this stop you from enjoying this season. mike, thank you so much. there is no dip lomatic. israel will not comply with the resolution that condemn the settlements in the west bank. the measure passed after the united states abstained after years of protecting israel from such a rebuke at the u.n. here's how the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. explained her vote. >> it is because this forum too often continues to be biassed against israel because there are important issues that are not sufficiently addressed in this resolution. because the united states does not agree with every word in this text, that the united states did not vote in favor of the resolution. but it is because this resolution reflects the facts on
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the ground and is consistent with u.s. policy across republican and democratic administrations it throughout the history of the state of israel that the united states did not veto it. >> cnn orrin lieberman has the latest from jerusalem. what is the reaction from israelis? do they see this as a parting shot from president obama who has, you know, less than a month to go before he leaves office? >> reporter: i think very much so. it certainly seems that benjamin netanyahu sees it that way. he made it clear he's furious with the resolution and president obama for allowing it to pass. netanyahu used what he could to divert this, even calling president elect trump too see i he could intervene. he delayed it for 24 hours but it became clear there was too much of an international consensus.
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it passed and it led to a furious reaction from prime minister netanyahu and an unprecedented reaction the likes we've never seen in terms of israeli criticism of the american government. the obama administration not only failed to protect israel gebl against the gang up. it colluded with it. republicans and democrats alike, to negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution. netanyahu making it clear he's done work ing with obama and is ready for president elect trump. palestinian leaders welcome this resolution, they say it is long overdue. it reflects international lay they say and it finally holds israel accountable for settlements in the west bank. >> thanks so much for your report. so what does this mean for the future of the u.s./israel relationship? we're going to have a conversation about that. we have our cnn senior political analyst, ron brownstein and our presidential historian douglas brinkley after the break.
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all right. it is president obama's versus president elect trump there dueling voices some would say shaking up foreign policy. the most recent hardline divide comes after the u.s. refused to veto a highly controversial u.n. resolution defying pressure from israel and president elect trump. let's bring in ron brownstein and douglas brinkley, good
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morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> happy holidays. >> ron, i want to start with you and what we heard from the deputy national security advisor in response to questions about if this is the white house showing that they do not have israel's back? let's watch. >> it's just not backed up by the record. we just concluded a $38 billion ten year mou for security assistance to israel. we've had unprecedented security cooperation under this administration. the fact of the matter is -- you know from this covering the issue -- we have expressed grave concern about continued israeli settlement construction. and the fact is this settlement construction pushes far outside the boundary of even the security barrier the israelis built for themselves. it's deep. >> we know that that isn't resonating with netanyahu. how is that explanation, that characterization resonating here
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domestically. >> it reflects the divide. the security relationship is strong. there is a fundamental disagreement between the obama administration and the netanyahu government as there was between bill clinton's government aover what is the best path for israel. under democratic presidents there is no question there is a view that there needs to be a real two state solution to provide a lasting stable peace in that part of the world. and it is clear, also, that netanyahu is happy. that divide is real. i think, the way in which this is unfolded, i think, gives you a very clear sense that under donald trump, there will be more deference to benjamin netanyahu's view. >> as the obama administration ends, douglas, is this the
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rhetorical low that many of his critics call -- described between the u.s. and israel? >> well, look, i think all american presidents since the creation of israel have, you know, been pro israel i think certainly the obama administration has. but as ron has alluded to. president obama does believe in the two state solution. he's been more of the simon perez view of how israel. you have with donald trump a rubber stamp. it's netanyahu's dream, we're going to move the american embassy into jerusalem. that's a very aggressive act. donald trump's going to say you want to build? i'm a builder, build settlements. and make it -- you want to do security? we're going to build a security wall in mexico. so i think this relationship between trump and netanyahu is going to become exceedingly interested and it's going to be
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very on the right side of the equation. meaning, hard right. >> and ron, we know, that the potential nominee or the nominee in waiting for the next ambassadorship to israel is not a fan of the two state solution, calling it a narrative and a narrative that has to end. how does this, i guess, play up or serve up his term in -- will it be tel aviv or jerusalem? >> as i said, you know, i think under barack obama and bill clinton swewe saw a u.s. governt that didn't accept the same definition of how israel can best secure itself. and had a vision that a genuine peace process leading toward a viable two state solution was the way to go. donald trump, through the appointment of david freeman and his own comments and his intervention here has signaled he is willing, as douglas said to much more align himself with the view, the netanyahu view of
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the world and how you proceed. i think the signal that has been sent by this appointment, i think is pretty unmistakable. the other point that's worth noting is the netanyahu government reached out to donald trump during the transition, aware i'm sure of what a unique and unprecedented thing that is to do. and it is a continuation of the way in which he has aligned himself with one party in the u.s., more than anything foreign leader i have seen in my 35 years of covering american politics. >> douglas, let me come to you with the word we've heard a lot since the tweet came out from donald trump about the resolution, unprecedented. you're the person to come to on precedent. is this indeed unprecedented? to have a president elect try to influence a sitting president's decisions as it relates to the security council? >> yes, i mean in every day donald trump seems to be wanting to intervene in that way. he has no patience for waiting till he's sworn in. he's trying to undermine all of barack obama's initiatives. and that creates a
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counternarrative where the obama administration is trying to find lawyers to put roadblocks and obstacles into donald trump's path. what's been interesting to me is that trump and obama personally aren't exchanging harsh barbs. it's fairly decent transition. i'm told in the white house the transition is going well. donald trump wants to get his policies up and running now and barack obama's trying to say slow down, we're still the management for another month. so there's some friction going on this holiday season. it's sending mixed signals around the world. >> at least in front of the curtain the state department is saying they didn't feel like their hand was forced by this influence, i should say, from donald trump. thank you both. >> thank you. all right, star wars actress carrie fisher in icu after suffering a cardiac arrest on a
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flight from london to la. we'll update you on her condition next. generosity is its own form of power.
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of her recovery. saying as if 2016 couldn't get any worse, sending our love to carrie fisher. i want to talk more about her. joining me now entertainment journalist and co-host of jack diamond show, jimmy alexander. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas to you. what have you heard about carrie fisher's trip from london to la? >> she was filming i guess the third season of an amazon show catastrophe while she was over there and doing different interview shows. we've seen her in the last couple of years more than we have in a long time. obviously, it's horrible to hear the news about carrie fisher. if you don't mind, i want to go back. if you think about the 70s when she became famous on star wars, before you had a james bond girl and all she did was go oh, james help me. before there was the hunger games, all the marvel ladies super heroes there was one and that was princess leia.
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>> she was 19 years old. i loved watching her as a kid in star wars. you know, you look at who you've interviewed. you've interviewed paul mccartney. but as the daughter of debbie reynolds, she didn't have it so easy. >> if you think about it, i saw carrie fisher's one woman show. before tmz and all the other entertainment shows, her mother was america's sweetheart and her father was a big star too. and elizabeth taylor stole her father. as carrie fisher said that night on stage it's like bran and angelina and jennifer anniston. there were only a couple network and it was such huge news and drama filled. think about a young lady who was born in beverly hills.
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she knows fame. >> we wish her very, very well. thanks so much for walking us down memory lane. >> i want to say merry christmas, happy hanukkah, if you're an atheist, have a good day. hey. >> hey. jimmy alexander, there. 2016, a year that turned conventional politics upside down. a year filled with unforgettable moments. which political moments made the list? we're counting them down ten to one. stay with us. commended prilosec otc 7 years ago, 5 years ago, last week. just 1 pill each morning. 24 hours and zero heartburn, it's been the number 1 doctor recommended brand for 10 straight years, and it's still recommended today. use as directed but when we brought our daughter home, that was it. now i have nicoderm cq. the nicoderm cq patch with unique extended release technology helps prevent your urge to smoke all day. it's the best thing that ever happened to me. every great why needs a great how.
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political moments. >> this year everything we thought we knew about politics was turned on its head. political attacks, e-mail hacks and several cracks in the glass ceiling made for an unparalleled race between the first female major party nominee and an outsider. president elect trump will soon take office. but let's take a look at our top ten stories of 2016. number ten. supreme court justice antonin scalia died. republicans vowed to block any high court appointments until after the presidential election. >> simply to turn your back before the president even names a nominee is not an option the constitution leaves open.
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>> judge garland was nominated in march before never had a hearing. in their final presidential year, the obamas hit the campaign trail. >> when they go low, we go high. >> with more catch phrases. >> come on, man. >> and less restraint. >> donald trump is uniquely unqualified to be president. >> but a different tone after the democratic defeat. number eight. >> i beat everybody, i beat the hell out of them. >> donald trump won the republican nomination but struggled to win over the party. republican leaders distanced themselves. will the party now unify around president trump? >> we're going to hit the ground run. >> number seven, trump's unvarnished campaign attracted extremist support. >> i don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy. >> he was slow to denounce white supremacists.
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>> david duke endorsed me? okay, all right. i disavow. okay? >> she's controversial rhetoric on race continued. >> the judge is of mexican heritage. >> even targeting the judge in his case. >> if you're saying he can't do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism? >> i think so. >> the convention. >> the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president. >> hillary clinton made history in philadelphia. and a gold star family made trump an offer. >> have you even red the united states constitution? i will gladly lend you my copy. >> in cleveland, melania trump's speech was familiar. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> that you work hard for you want in life. >> and senator ted cruz refused to endorse the nominee. >> vote your conscious.
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>> number five, trump's past wept public. there was a former ms. universe feud. he responded with a link to her past. >> you sent out a series of tweets that told people to check out a sex tape. >> a crude video of trump. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. >> he brushed it aside. nearly a dozen assault accusers said it went further than words. >> his hands started going towards my knee and up my skirt. >> trump denied the allegations and said he would sue. number four, senator bernie sanders build a huge movement. >> we are actually listening to the american people, not the 1%. >> but was the system rigged against outsiders? >> secretary clinton received about 450 super delegates before anybody else was in the race. >> bernie or bust protesters crowded the convention. >> you're being ridiculous. >> and refuse today vote for
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clinton. number three, democrats were hacked. >> they're under attack. >> stolen e-mails from the dnc revealed bias against sanders, forcing the party chair to resign. >> no question to my mind the dnc was in opposition to our campaign. >> u.s. intelligence points to russian cyber attacks. >> our goal continues to be the send a clear message to russia for others. not to do this to us. because we can do stuff to you. >> number two. >> there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information. >> the fbi recommended no charges for clinton's use of a private e-mail server. the issue was gold for republicans. >> she's guilty as hell. >> she tried to quell concerns. >> my e-mails are so boring. >> but the fbi announced they discovered new ones just before election day. >> it's imperative the bureau explain this issue. >> the trove contained nothing
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new but the damage was done. number one. >> hillary clinton has called donald trump to concede the race. >> donald trump won the white house. >> the campaign, unlike anything we've seen in our lifetime. >> i love this country. >> as protesters took to the streets, secretary clinton bowed out. >> we have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. >> now, a cabinet of billion arbillionairs and military men will join trump for an era of who knows what. the question is who and what will top the list next year? jake tapper, cnn, washington. all right, heads up, a big interview coming up a little later today, senator lindsey graham is weighing in on the fallout after the u.s. refused to veto the u.n. resolution. he's calling president obama's
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foreign policy flat out reckl s reckless. do not miss his interview when he sits down with dana bash this afternoon at 3:00 eastern only on cnn. still to come this hour, a jet full of nfl players gets stuck on the runway in wisconsin and the fire department is called in to get them off that plane. also, two winter storms now sweeping across the country. when the snow and ice threat could hit your community. [engine revving] ♪ ♪ is it a force of nature? or a sales event? the season of audi sales event is here. audi will cover your first month's lease payment on select models during the season of audi sales event.
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welcome back. more than 20 million people could see snow, they could see freezing rain or ice this weekend. a couple storms are sweeping the west and the northeast today. just as millions are trying to get home for the holidays. joining us now to talk about what's ahead. >> we're taking a look at the northeast to start where we have heavy rain coming into new york and down towards washington,
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d.c. it's finally starting to exit or lighten up near philadelphia. we're starting to see the heaviest rain move to boston and snow. down south heavy rain moving into knoxville, memphis. heavy rain around las vegas. this is the system that all eyes are on in terms of what it will do in the future. this will bring us much of our winter weather forecast for much of the west and into the midwest. blizzard warnings in effect for the northern states like north dakota and south dakota. this system begins to progress east in the next 24 hours. bringing the heavy snow and rain to the midwest. on the south side, we're talking the potential for severe weather as well. and that's going to be a concern going forward. we have a threat for damaging winds but also for isolated tornados on christmas day. now we're not the only ones that could be looking at a threat for christmas day. we're also taking a look at the pacific ocean. where we have a super typhoon that is expected to make
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landfall in the philippines on christmas day. winds right now around 150 miles per hour. this makes it equivalent to a category four hurricane. the winds are gusting to 185 miles per hour. movement is slow out of the west. we do have the track -- it's expected to make landfall in the philippines around 2:00 p.m. christmas day local time. that would be around 1:00 in the morning christmas day here eastern time zone. so again, unfortunately we've got two different areas looking at two potential hazardous events to happen on christmas day. >> we wish them well. that looks like a monster storm. thanks very much. plane carrying the minnesota vikings skids off an icy runway. and the airport is forced to use a fire truck ladder to get those players off the plane. this happened at the appleton international airport in wisconsin. no one was hurt, so they had a good time with this. they seem to be thrilled by this
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experience. the team even shared the video on their website. >> taking a look at other stories in the world of sports we're watching. a college football player makes an emotional apology two years after punching a woman in the face. here's our coy wire. >> oklahoma running back joe mixon said he wanted to address this earlier but his legal team advised him not to. it shows him shoving and punching mixon. he broke her nose and freak bone, fractured her jaw and orbital bone. she had her jaw wired shut as well. mixon issued a formal apology but in the wake of the video's release he spoke publicly to say he's sorry. >> i want to apologize. i apologize to my coach, i
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apologize to president warren. my teammates. most of all, my family. i let a lot of people down. it's never, never okay, you know, never, never okay to, you know, retaliate and hit a woman. you know, the way i did. >> now, mixon did not serve any jail time. did not lose his scholarship. he was ordered, though, to serve 100 hours of community service, get counseling and he was suspended for the team for his freshman year. but one of the problems many have with this punishment is that most first year football players red shirt anyway. taking a year to acclimate to college life. in the wake of the video release, mixon is still allowed to play in the sugar bowl as number seven oklahoma takes on number 14 auburn january 2nd. the new york jets may not have their head coach for their game today.
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the jets released a statement saying the coach was in stable condition after he was admitted to the hospital with an undisclosed illness. the team said that if he was unable to make it to the game, the assistant head coach would take over. we wish the coach well. he's a tough cookie. he played seven years in the nfl himself. his jets are 4-10 and playing against the patriots who are playing for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. going to be a tough go for the jets today. it's christmas eve and the spirit of giving is in the air. wait till you see what ezekiel elliott got his offensive line for christmas. here it is. $25,000 custom camouflage john deere atv's. that's more than the cost of a honda accord. his offensive line hasn't been naughty to him. he made it to the pro bowl so the young rookie wanting to show the big boys some love. that cowboys don't play until
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monday night. so the offensive linemen have a few days to play with their new toys. that's exactly what i was going to get you for christmas, but i got you this cool cnn hat. victor, i got you a bunch of razors. >> always looking out. thanks, merry christmas to you. do you want to feel rejuvenated over the holidays? feeling a little blah? >> always. >> the advice is you may want to take a break from social media. because for many people that's easier said than done. we're going to give you a step by step of how just to do it. just ahead. taking a holiday in britain, are ya doll? well, the only place you need go... london's got the best of everything. cornwall's got the best of everything. sport sport nightlife nightlife (both) fashion adventure i'm tellin' ya, britain is the only place you really need go. expedia.
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okay, so you say you're feeling stressed out by the holidays. you may want to take a break from social media. there's a study that shows leaving facebook for a week can improve your emotional well-being and life satisfaction. who knew? in the age of technology it can hard to cut yourself off. how do you do it? here to help us get through all that is the editor in chief of the cyberpsychology networking journal. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me.
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>> i know that i've taken a facebook sabbatical over the past six months or so. it felt like it was a time suck. i wasn't getting much out of it. you know what? i don't miss it. why do you think it is that taking a break from social media is a good thing for our well-being? >> sometimes what deer on facebook and other social media is actually comparing ourselves to others. and avoiding our real life. and so sometimes it's good to take that break, reconnect in real life with your family and friends. understand that you do have a good life, you're unique, you're special and you have things that are important to you in the real world setting. but sometimes after doing that break, it's actually good to get back on facebook and connect with family and friends again and know you have other people out there that care about you. >> it's the phenomenon when you go on social media, it feels like you have to keep up with the joness, everybody is smiling, everybody is posting things that are happy and it may not be perfect in your own world. >> exactly.
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we realize as adults often that people post nice things, they don't want to post things about their divorce, the sad things that are going on in your life. we realize this. sometimes our teenager and our kids don't understand this, it's good to educate them. >> tell me some of the positive effects of social media use? >> social media use is very, very positive. what we're seeing is that a lot of older people use it as a connection tool. so they connect with family and friends, they create communities. they use it to improve their well-being often. other times disabled people do that. we use it in therapy also. so we have people go on and create support groups so they can be with others that have disorders that are like theirs and get support when they're not with their therapist. >> so many people are addicted to social media. whether they're adults, children, they can't put the phone down. they're checking instagram every five seconds to see how many likes they have. what's the trick to kind of, you
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know, making that separation, putting up that wall between you and the social media? it feels like it's running your life. >> sure. what you have to do is you have to start, number one, engaging less time. so you have to lower your intensity. so if you're using it two hours a day, maybe slowly wean yourself off and use it an hour and 45 minutes or an hour and a half today and realize you need to do things in the real world. setting limits and setting boundaries when you're using the social media. when you do on, go active things. post to other people's pages, post to your news feed, don't just lurk on facebook. that's what causes the problems. >> my kids are addicted to instagram. i cannot get them off their phone. i take their phones away they're like mommy i need to use my phone for homework. it's hard to extricate them from instagram. >> well, and that is true. because we're using it as a tool for education, for therapy, for
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training for rehabilitation. people are using these technologies for a lot of positive things. and so it is difficult to make that distinction. but it's just like food. some people overeat. especially at the holidays, we all do. you can't quit eating. you can't quit using social media now. >> exactly. find a way to find a balance and use it wisely. thanks so much for your perspective. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas to you. live pictures now, we're taking you to bethlehem. we've got singing here. we still in major square he guy no one responded. this is performing hours from christmas day. i think it's 5:22. we'll keep deepiipping in throut the day. there are a lot of, we know, kids who dream of getting their
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favorite new toys for christmas. for some of them it's not so easy. so i went to a -- let's call it a unique toy shop where some students are working to come in and help out those kids. this is unf's adaptive toy project. students are customizing popular kids' rechargeable sports cars and suv's to suit children with developmental challenges. and the professor says the toys play two roles. >> children that have developmental disabilities can't always explore their environment and play. so, you know, that's one piece. at the same time, through this increased mobility, they learn cause and effect, they learn object permanence. they learn balance. they learn mobility. >> all right, if you want to see the rest of that story tomorrow, you can see it tomorrow morning during our new day christmas special. we're on from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. eastern. we'll have your top headlines,
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plus tons of holiday stories. and we've got the spellman college glee club forming christmas favorites. the city of bethlehem where christians believe jesus is born is the focus of christmas celebrations every year. this year there's a new twist for some revellers. >> a palestinian carpenter is creating craft beer worthy of, well, some pretty worthy folks. ian lee caught up with the brewmaster. >> reporter: something is brewing in the little town of bethlehem. not of milk and honey but barley and hops. a carpenter by trade, he found a higher calling, brew master. >> chocolate, roasted. color amber. aromatic malt. this will give you the flavor and color. >> reporter: the wood worker's tools repurposed.
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his friends were skeptical when he said he wanted to change the beer landscape in the west bank with hisal ales. >> they start laughing, what you're doing. usually they drink in the, you know, the lager. >> reporter: his friends quickly acquired the taste and wise men choice brewery was created. some curious neighbors wondered how this carpenter turns water into beer. >> they think i'm adding alcohol. i got a bottle of alcohol and added it. this is funny. >> reporter: more of a laboratory than brewery, concocting different flavors into six unique beers. a one man operation in the basement of this palestinian christian's house. he learned to brew in the united states and online, mostly self-taught. every beer crafted by hand,
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limiting him to less than a thousand bottles a month. with christmas almost upon us, bethlehem pilgrims can try his special brew, deep winner ale. all of his ingredients are imported, except one which we find in his garden. one of the key ingredients for that local bethlehem taste is sage which gives it its signature aroma and taste. the sage he tells me, gives bethlehem its amber color. you can smell the sage. >> you can smell the love. >> caller: you can tas . >> reporter: you can taste it to. he brews what he wants to drink. >> use whatever you like, but let the customer like your beer. >> reporter: ultimately, he plans to grow his brewery, so he can leave his job as a carpenter to attend to his flock of beer
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drinkers. >> cheers. >> reporter: ian lee, cnn in bethlehem. >> all right. thanks very much. thanks for watching, happy hanukkah starts tonight and m merry christmas. "cnn newsroom" with erica hill starts after a quick break. merry christmas. looking for balance in your digestive system?
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it is 11:00 on the east coast i'm erica hill in today for fredricka whitfield. we begin with terror threats and breaking developments in that contradict market attack in berlin. this morning, three new arrests. one of them the nephew of the suspected berlin attacker. officials are now revealing recent conversations between the two. plus the u.s. on alert. as many prepare for christmas, just of course, one day away and hanukkah beginning tonight, the fbi and homeland security issuing a new warning about possible isis threats to church and holiday events. we want to begin with the latest on those arrests, linked to the suspected berlin attacker. chris burns is following the story from berlin. what can you tel


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